How to submit a proposal

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How to submit a proposal

In the first instance you should contact one of the Series Editors to discuss your potential proposal. WUP is only soliciting proposals within these Series parameters at the present time.

Once you have done so, and they agree that your proposed title is something they are interested in within their Series, you can submit a formal proposal document. This should be organised under the headings outlined below. The proposal you submit will be the basis on which we judge the book's suitability for publication. We would suggest a proposal of between 3-4 pages in length, although this should be supplemented by sample chapters, or a draft manuscript, and an up-to-date CV.

Statement of aims

A statement of aims including three or four paragraphs outlining the rationale behind the book:

  • What is your book about?
  • What are its main themes and objectives?
  • What are you doing differently, or in a more innovative way, or better than existing books?

A detailed synopsis and chapter headings

A detailed synopsis and chapter headings with an indication of length and schedule Please list working chapter headings and provide a paragraph of explanation on what you intend to cover in each chapter. If sample chapters, or a draft manuscript are available, please send them or let us know when they will be available.

  • How many tables, diagrams or illustrations will there be (roughly)?
  • Approximately how many thousand words in length will your book be?
  • Does this include references and footnotes? Most of our books are 80,000 - 100,000 words long.
  • When will you be able to deliver the completed typescript? Please be as realistic as possible.

A description of the target market

  • Who is expected to buy your book?
  • Who will buy it?
  • Who will read it?
  • Is it aimed at an undergraduate or postgraduate student audience?
  • What courses would the book be used on?
  • Is it a research monograph that will sell primarily to academic libraries?
  • Is the subject area of the proposal widely taught, or researched?
  • Would this subject have international appeal? If so, where?

A list of the main competing books

We would like some indication that you are familiar with competition to your proposed book.

  • What are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • What makes your book better than the existing competition?

A biographical note about the author

Let us know about your background, experience qualifications, previous publications, etc. Please do the same for any co-authors, editors, contributors.

How we evaluate your proposal

If approves by the Series Editor, the proposal is then evaluated by the Press's General Editors, who each produce a report. If the Editors are satisfied that the proposal meets content, quality and market criteria, then the next stage is for the proposal to be sent to two independent readers who each produce reports. If the independent reader reports are supportive of publication, the proposal is discussed again and if approved, a draft contract is issued.

We publish in single paperback format only and our title list is based around strands or Series of publication that relate to the disciplinary expertise of the University as a whole.

We are able to offer:

Quality production values, limited production costs, efficient production, and marketing within a defined international system. Our target market is the leading research libraries of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia.

Contact us

Winchester University Press
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Winchester SO22 4NR


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